Flax seed is also known as linseed and Linum usitatissimum. It dates back to 8000BC and originated in the Fertile Crescent particularly in Syria, Turkey and Iran. Europeans started using Flax seeds in 4000 BC. In 1400BC linseed oil was used by Egyptians for embalming and for binding the mummies. In 1000 BC flax seeds were used for baking in Greece. In 500BC it was used by Hippocrates as laxative. In 800CE Charlemagne ordered the production of flax seeds throughout his empire. During the Renaissance in 1400CE flax was used in art. Linseed oil was used by van Eyck to preserve paintings. In 1800CE the invention of cotton put an end to Flax domination. By 1995 flax became popular as a food. In recent times flax is used for its medicinal properties and is being extensively researched upon.
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